Top national funding award goes to CHHM doctoral trainee

Top national funding award goes to CHHM doctoral trainee

Anna Chudyk, a trainee at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) is recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS), CIHR's top trainee award. Anna graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She began her doctoral studies in the Department of Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Heather McKay.

Anna's research interests include the built environment, older adults, physical activity and chronic disease prevention. The built environment is defined as the design of cities and the physical elements within it, land use patterns and physical infrastructure of roads, sidewalks and transportation services.

Anna has taken a leadership role and is conducting a cross-sectional study to investigate the association between the neighborhood built environment, mobility and health in older adults of low socioeconomic strata. Her project falls within a recently funded CIHR Emerging Team grant titled “Walk The Talk: Transforming the Built Environment to Enhance Mobility in Seniors”.

The Vanier CGS was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. As one of the nine award recipients at UBC (three from Experimental Medicine), Anna demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and high standard of academic achievement in her graduate studies.

"These are the moments we cherish - when one of the many deserving and talented CHHM trainees, like Anna, receives national funding support.” says CHHM Director, Professor Heather McKay. “It makes such a difference to all aspects of their training and probably their lives. At CHHM, supporting the academic, leadership and career success of trainees, remains a cornerstone of our mission."